Garrard County ends football season after ending up in 'red zone'

Posted at 9:16 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 21:16:01-04

GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Kentucky and dozens of counties have gone into the "red zone," meaning 25 or more average daily cases per 100,000 people.

One of those counties is Garrard County where a student on the Garrard County High School football team tested positive for coronavirus. The school district not only decided to continue virtual learning but also ended the football season.

"You've got folks that think you shouldn't play at all, you've got folks who think you should play at all cost, and you have folks who are uncertain," said Coach Jerry Perry, who believes that the most important thing is to keep everyone safe. “The kid’s probably very upset. In fact, I know he is, but it is what it is, and we move on from here.”

Coach Perry said the player is recovering well but because the team wouldn’t be able to practice for at least a week, competing would have been too difficult.

“We played four games. That's the bottom line. It could have been we do not play at all, so we just have to be happy with that and move on,” Perry said. “There's nothing I can say to help their psyche as far as we aren't playing but we got their back.”

The school district sent a letter home to parents asking them to monitor their student-athlete for symptoms of the coronavirus.